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Goodwill Official Bloggers know how to turn a Goodwill find into something fun and interesting, whether it's using ugly fashion to create bow bracelets, building bird feeders with cups and saucers, or turning vintage sheets into a quilt. Check out their most recent stories below.

Nautical Tank Top Tutorial

When I lived on the East Coast I loved to shop at H&M. I would have suffered withdrawals after I moved, were it not for internet shopping and Goodwill San Antonio! I often find some of my favorite name brands at the thrift store. I recently scored this like new striped H&M dress at Goodwill San Antonio for a mere $1.99. It was a bit too short for me, so I restyled it into a fun summer top.

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Summer Crafting - had me a blast!

"You'd better plan to make a lot of money with the taste you have," my mom told me, in reference to my desire to always own the cutest shoes and clothes.

I am currently a college student with a very limited budget - I basically live by the dollar (not joking). Clearly, that hunger to have the most fashionable items in my closet is not always satisfied. I used to sneak out to the mall every other paycheck, but retail prices would only allow me to purchase one or two things.

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Goodwill SA: Stay Cool Hunting Treasure Inside

Sad to say...but it is already hot here...really hot! I think it was 105 yesterday. But, one of my favorite stay cool activities is to go treasure hunting at Goodwill SA When I was there recently, I was drawn to the home decor department. Beautiful items! There were two young ladies shopping for their apartment and it was fun to watch as they discovered their own treasures.

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Painted American Flag Shutter Decor DIY

I just love to craft with thrifted items! It's fun to reimagine something that was no longer needed and turn it into a bit of home decor. That's exactly what I did with these mini shutters that I found at Goodwill San Antonio. These small shutters measure about 15 inches long, but you could do the same thing with full size shutters, which I see all the time at thrift stores. With a little paint those old shutters turned into a fun piece of patriotic decor!

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Goodwill SA: Perfect for A Certain Occasion

It is hard to see in this picture...but the blouse is pink! I do not really wear pink and I realized recently that I need a pink blouse for a special occasion. Next week is the gender reveal for my grandbaby...we have been asked to wear the color representing the gender we think our baby is. While I could wear blue all day long, I really believe deep down...this one is a girl. So, off to my favorite treasure shop I went... Goodwill San Antonio. I found this floral blouse in pink in a wonderful cotton.

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DIY Tuffet Side Table or Bar Stool

I was excited to be given the opportunity to create in a "tuffet challenge" with the master makers on the Fairfield World design team!  We were each given an uber plush foam cushion and our choice of some fabulous Robert Kaufman fabric and encouraged to be creative!  I paired my cushion with a thrifted bench from Goodwill San Antonio to create a mod fabric side table!  As an added bonus, it can also be used as a bar stool.

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Designer Inspired Ottoman made with Chalk Finish Paint

While I've always admired furniture painting projects on TV shows like "Flea Market Flip", I never attempted one myself because I don't have the patience for big projects like that. Sanding, priming, staining...ugh! I would lose interest before ever completing the project. Then I tried Americana's Chalky Finish Paint, and my views changed. No tedious prep work required with this product: Just paint it! Now I paint thrifted furniture all the time. I've been decorating my house with thrifted items from Goodwill San Antonio.

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Goodwill SA: Valentine's Day on a Budget

Now, these are fun shoes...and, yes, I found them at Goodwill San Antonio! Perfect for Valentine's Day coming up this weekend! I know it is sometimes difficult to justify the expense of an evening out on Valentine's...especially for those of us who have seen many celebrations over the years.  But, you know, with Goodwill around it is easy to plan a spontaneous, fun, romantic evening at home.

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Creating Centerpieces with Items from Goodwill

I was recently invited by the Goodwill San Antonio team to contribute several centerpieces as part of their 70th anniversary celebration.  They requested that I use items from Goodwill to create fall themed centerpieces.  I had so much fun shopping for unique items to craft with, as well as coming up with creative ways to display them.  Today I'll show you four tutorials for crafting centerpieces with thrifted items, and I'll teach you the rest next week!  Keep checking back to see what's new.

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Goodwill: My Lifestyle Needs Under $25

Our local GOODWILL SA locations are amazing. So, I decided to give myself a blogging challenge and go see how much I could purchase for $25 which met my own criteria for style. Here is my stash... now let me explain.

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Goodwill SA: End of Summer Fun

Oh autumn... where are you? Well, it is not quite time yet! There are still days of heat, entertaining, and Labor Day Weekend on the calendar! Occasionally, I want something different to wear at the end of a season, but do not want to spend a lot on a garment I might not wear often. The answer in San Antonio is GOODWILL SA. I picked up this summer jacket recently for $4.99.

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How to Turn a Whisk into DIY Peacock Garden Art

Ever since I created my whisk dragonfly and butterfly garden art, I've been on the hunt for used whisks at Goodwill San Antonio. These whimsical garden creatures are so fun and easy to make that it's hard to stop once you've started! I've been stretching my imagination and trying to come up with other creatures that I can make with whisks, and I'm tickled with my newest project: a DIY peacock made from a whisk!

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Thrifted Child's Rocking Chair Makeover

I mentioned in this post that I find these country style wood items at Goodwill all the time. They practically give them away... I guess that's how unpopular they are? I couldn't believe this child sized rocking chair was just $5.99! Sure, it looked dated and plain, but that's easy to fix with paint and fabric!

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GoodwillSA: A Fiber Artist Best Friend

Last week I introduced you to Vicki, a talented woman in San Antonio who is creating and designing art pieces in order to raise money for 68 different charities in our city. She also is a fiber artist...refashioning clothing, shoes, and pieces found at GOODWILLSA...one of her best friends, she says.

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Make a Teapot Dessert Stand

Some time ago I fell in love with a lamp that was available at Anthropologie. I didn't need a lamp, so I started thinking of ways to recreate the look in a form that was more useful. I came up with a fun bird bath, instead, using items I purchased at Goodwill San Antonio.

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Repurpose a Suitcase into a No-Sew Pet Bed

I love crafting with repurposed items! It's such a thrill to take something that is no longer used and turn it into something useful and unexpected. When it came time to get a new pet bed for my dog, I decided to make my own... from a suitcase, of course! I used a hard shell case that I found at Goodwill San Antonio and made it into a one of a kind pet bed.

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The Power of a Goodwill Donation... Calculate it!

Many of you have commented on my wonderful find at Goodwill San Antonio from today's post. Treasures like this are made possible by the many wonderful citizens who donate to Goodwill, and the work this important organization does in each community.

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Thrifted Stool Wood Make Over

I found this like-new wooden stool at Goodwill San Antonio for just 3.99. I was using an old folding chair at my craft desk, so I snatched this up, knowing it would make for a fun project AND comfortable seating. With some Project Foam and fabric from P&B Textiles I took my plain wood stool from blah to wow!

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Goodwill SA: Helping Me Play Hostess

Recently, I confessed my desire for a long kimono just for the purpose of entertaining at home...and, of course, GOODWILL SA filled my request...for there I find the best thrift shopping.

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Butterfly Garden Made From A Whisk

I have been slowly putting together a "fantastical" garden area inspired by the Mad Hatter's tea party in Alice in Wonderland. My garden is made up of tea pot and tea cup creations, and I'm also filling it with whimsical DIY garden art. I recently taught you how to turn a whisk into a dragonfly. That project prompted me to start collecting any and all whisks I could find at Goodwill San Antonio (my sponsor for this post.) Here's my second whisk creation: a butterfly!

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Goodwill SA: Going to the Spice Market

When I walked into the Bitters Road location of GOODWILL SA the other day, I had two things in mind for shopping. First, I was looking for garments which fit closer to my curves. Now that I have lost 25 pounds I need smaller garments (do you hear me celebrating!)!!

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Tone on Tone Stenciling: How to Paint with Tinted Wax

Let's face it: nice furniture can be expensive! That's why thrifting and upcycling furniture is so popular. I love that I can find furniture in great condition at Goodwill and update it with just paint.

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Goodwill SA: Dusting Up and Big Event Soon!

Both dusters in this picture came from shopping at GOODWILL SA!...the one for housecleaning and the coat in my outfit!

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How to Update an Old Rocking Chair with Chalk Paint and Cushions

I find old country style wood items at Goodwill San Antonio all the time! Remember when I restyled this old shelf? These items always sell for cheap, and I'm not sure why people pass them up. They're solid wood and sturdy, and with a little paint you can make them look modern again.

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Turn Mismatched Goodwill Glassware into Chic Pantry Storage

Head to Goodwill and load up on glass ware to create beautiful, coordinated storage to help organize your pantry! I used perfectly clear labels from OnlineLabels.com to make my mismatched Goodwill glassware look like a cohesive set. Check out my short video tutorial to learn my tips for making thrifted items look like a set, as well as my recommendations for which paints to use.

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Yes, You Can Afford a Wardrobe Makeover, Now! Plus the Thursday Blog Hop!

Last week, we began to discuss how to get a wardrobe makeover going at the first of a new year! I received three emails asking about money..."What do I do when I need a new wardrobe and there is no money for a new wardrobe?" In San Antonio, that means GOODWILL SA for me.

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Goodwill SA: It's Been A Great Year! Plus Win A Gift Card!

It has been such a wonderful year working with everyone at our innovative GOODWILL IN SAN ANTONIO. From the first Work It Fashion Show, to television appearances, to workshops for grand openings, and finally to all of the treasure hunts...2014 will be memorable!

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How to Make an Anthropologie Inspired Flower Mirror

When I saw this pretty flowered mirror on their site (for $128), I started thinking of how I could make my own budget version using thrifted items from Goodwill San Antonio. I'm really happy with the final product!

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Holiday Gifts Made with Thrifted Items from Goodwill

My favorite "go to" idea for easy repurposing is to thrift, glue, and spray paint! It's amazing how different (and more expensive) a few items can look when rearranged and painted to look cohesive. For this project, I used a a variety of Goodwill finds that I've been collecting.

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Goodwill: The Story of One Special Event for One Special Family of a Veteran

This is where I come in...she called lamenting, I have nothing to wear. I need to look amazing on a budget...Could we go to Goodwill?

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Goodwill Hunting: A Fall Trend...Plaid!

Fashion bloggers of all ages have been showing off their "mad-for-plaid-finds." As soon as I saw this return as a trend, I immediately thought, "I bet I can find it at GOODWILL ." And, I did!

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Make a Scary Halloween Plush Animal

It's the storyline of so many horror films and nightmares: a toy comes to life as an evil creature. There's something about the dark that makes innocent toys suddenly seem ominous and creepy.

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Make a Thing 1 and Thing 2 Wig for your DIY Halloween Costume

Have you started planning your Halloween costume yet? Here's a costume that's perfect for pairs: Thing 1 and Thing 2! Keep reading to learn how to use Poly-Fil, Krylon Spray Paint, and items from Goodwill San Antonio to easily make this hilarious costume!

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Goodwill: Ralph Lauren and Affordable Classic Styling

I have written much lately about how quality, classic styling never goes out of style! Some reply, "But I cannot afford the prices on top designer fashion pieces." Quality is just not affordable...some say. Well, I submit to you....It can be...

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Goodwill: Back to School Smarts!

Back in the saddle again. I have returned to my high school teaching job...but did it with confidence, as my wardrobe is ready! GOODWILL helped with great jacket finds like the pinstripe I am wearing today with my denim.

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How I Turned a Mystery Goodwill Item into Something Pretty

Have you ever been to a thrift store or garage sale and found a piece that had a nice shape but a hideous color?  I see pieces like that all the time when I'm bargain hunting.  If the price is right, bring it home and make it right with paint and some stenciling.  It's easier than you think!

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Goodwill: Where do I Start?

Recently, I stopped by with the desire to do some closet organizing and my eye immediately went to this cool box decorated in a Burberry-type design! It now holds my bracelets and looks much nicer than the ugly plastic box where they previously lived.

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DIY Double Suitcase Side Table

I'm finally getting around to decorating my movie room/playroom. My theme is retro movies with a red/black/white color scheme. I recently ordered a new black couch, and I made this fun side table to go with it. I used finds from Goodwill San Antonio to create this up cycled double suitcase side table.

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Watch My Goodwill Television Appearance and Fashion Show Promotion!

Saturday morning began bright and early with a television appearance on the KENS5 7:30AM News!!! I joined fellow blogger and designer, AGOSTO CUELLAR, and GOODWILL-SA officials to promote our WORK IT FASHION SHOW scheduled for June 28! Watch the segment HERE!!

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Goodwill Finds and Fashion Shows!

This week, I share my latest friend from Goodwill and announce an interesting event that will be coming up in a few weeks! Click the link to find out what it is!

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Make Your Own Cloche Using Goodwill Thrifted Items

I'm thrilled that spring is finally here, and I'm showing that joy in this pretty butterfly cloche. I made the whole thing using thrifted items that I picked up at Goodwill San Antonio!

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Goodwill and A Few of My Favorite Things!

San Antonio has a major event happening next week, THE BIG GIVE SA happening on May 6! Make sure you take the opportunity to support your favorite local non-profit! For me, GoodwillSA is on the top of the list!!

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It's Heating Up, Part I

All of the beautiful cool weather is over for us in San Antonio! Find out how you can stay cool and fashionable in the Texas heat!

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Three Ways to Repurpose a Slide Carousel

I've been collecting slide carousels at Goodwill for some time (not sure why, just like them a lot!) Since I'm a craft blogger, I wanted a fun way to display my business cards.

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Goodwill: Spring Jackets Hunt!

"The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month." - Henry Van Dyke

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A Bird Feeder with Cups and Saucers

I was enchanted by the wild antics that ensued at the Mad Hatter's tea party, and always dreamed of how fun it would be to happen upon an "un-birthday party" in the woods.

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Why We Need the 90th Annual Rummage Around Sale!

It is one of those rare years where winter has taken its toll on almost all of us!

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Goodwill Hunting: One Fun Day!

When the weather is dreary and yukky, there is one activity guaranteed to bring a smile...Goodwill hunting! Last Saturday, I headed over to the new Bulverde Road location at Highway 1604 and made some sunny discoveries! So many top labels, my head was spinning!

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Get Organized with DIY Projects and Goodwill

It's a new year and time to start fresh and tame some of that clutter! Storage and organizational tools can get expensive when you buy them new, but not if you shop at Goodwill San Antonio. Keep reading for ideas on how to update Goodwill items to add style and order to your home.

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Goodwill: Color of the Year??...No Problem

Bloggers everywhere are discussing the color of the Year as selected by PANTONE...Radiant Orchid. The best way to participate in a trend sensibly is to head straight to GOODWILL!

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Goodwill State of Mind for Year's End!!

So far, this is my donation pile for Goodwill SA. We still have five days to make a donation and receive a tax credit for 2013. Goodwill hands us a receipt upon request!

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Crafting Christmas Gifts with Goodwill Finds

It's crunch time!  Time to decorate and start crafting gifts for all the special people in your life.  Read on the learn how to use inexpensive purchases at Goodwill San Antonio to make quick Christmas gifts and decor.

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Goodwill Makes Thanksgiving Hassle-Free

I cannot believe it is already Thanksgiving time with Christmas on the horizon!  I have discovered through my regular visits to Goodwill in San Antonio how great a place it is for decorations.  Like this Thanksgiving trio above!

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DIY Textured Photography Backdrop

As a craft blogger, I'm always looking for ways to improve my photographs. When I started looking at backdrops for my pictures, I was surprised at the cost. Being a frugal crafter I, of course, decided I could do it myself! Here's a technique you can use to make a photo backdrop for a photo booth or personal pictures.

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Goodwill Just Makes Sense for Coats

It's that time of year again!!  Many of you are already experiencing cold winds and some even snow.  Now, of course, I am not dealing with that in San Antonio...though this mornings temps in the 40s felt amazing!  But, that is why GOODWILL makes so much sense for us!

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2016 Official Bloggers

Goodwill Official Bloggers

Morena Hockley
Morena Hockley
morenascorner.com
Pam Lutrell
Pam Lutrell
Writes about fashion. www.over50feeling40.com
Marissa Martinez
Marissa Martinez
College student writing about Goodwill DIY projects.
 


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